You have all ridden with DJ and April in the past. And what an amazing ride that was! Now you are the few that were invited to join them on this custom ride created just for you. Sit back and enjoy the ride that was created with you in mind.
USA National Parks Motorcycle Tour - DJ and April Signature Series - Tour Itinerary
Fly in and make your way to the hotel and relax for the evening.
This morning we will pick up the bikes at the ER location and head South East toward Moab. Arches National Park near Moab is a favorite of many guides for its isolated location and picturesque rock formations. Some short hikes (up to 1 mile) will be involved to get the best look at Balance Rock and The Windows and Double Arches so bring some comfortable walking shoes. Depending on the weather, we will either head into the park this afternoon or in the morning when the weather is cooler for walking and taking some unbelievable pictures. Moab Brewery is the place for dinner and nice cold locally brewed beer or ale to celebrate our first day on the bikes.
Heading North on scenic byway 128 as it winds through red rock canyons and next to the Colorado River is a must for motorcycle riders. We will be seeing the Dewey Bridge, Fish Towers and the spire of Castle Rock. Lunch will be in Fruita, Colorado, then we will be heading due north to stop at the Bedrock Depot for an ice cream or coffee in Dinosaur, Colorado. Dinosaur National Monument is home of world-famous Carnegie Dinosaur Quarry. The Quarry Exhibit Hall allows visitors to view the wall of approximately 1,500 dinosaur bones of numerous different species who lived during the late Jurassic period. Are you sensing a theme here?
Rising 502 feet above bedrock, Flaming Gorge Dam impounds waters of the Green River to form the reservoir, which extends as far as 91 miles to the north. The high elevation of 6,040 feet at the reservoir keeps temperatures moderate during the summer months. We will stop at Farson Mercantile for lunch and maybe a taste of their homemade ice cream. Our home tonight is nestled in one of the most famous and exclusive ski resort areas of the United States, Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Jackson is home to sprawling cattle ranches, celebrity estates and roaming herds of buffalo. Tonight we will enjoy the vibrant nightlife of Jackson Hole.
We have two whole days to explore Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone is one of the most amazing landscapes and wildlife habitats on the planet, and we will take time to really experience all the park has to offer. We will visit the famous Old Faithful Geyser along with the Old Faithful Inn that was built in 1904 with rough hewn logs. The geysers, mud pots and other thermal features that we will see along the ride make Yellowstone, which is our nations first and best known national park, a one of kind experience. Artists Point with its view of the 308 feet Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River is amazing with it's volume of water falling into what the park calls the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. We will eat dinner as a family tonight at Bullwinkle's, with it's elk and bison offerings on the menu this is not a meal you will soon forget.
In the morning we will head to Mammoth Hot Springs which has been created over thousands of years as hot water from the spring cooled and deposited calcium to make this colorful staircase like phenomenon. Lunch will be at the Canyon Village where there is a visitors center that explains the volcanic properties of this one of a kind National Park/Super Volcano. The Hayden Valley is prime area for spotting wildlife of all varieties, a great place for viewing: Elk, Bison, Grizzlies, Trumpeter Swans, White Pelicans, and Canada Geese. The views and riding are spectacular no matter where you are in the park so get ready for a fantastic couple of days in the saddle.
Today is your day to simply kick up your boots and relax in Cody. Incorporated in 1901, Cody, Wyoming is located 52 miles from Yellowstone National Park's east entrance. Cody was founded by Colonel William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody who passed through the region in the 1870s. He was so impressed by the development possibilities of irrigation, rich soil, grand scenery, hunting, and proximity to Yellowstone National Park that he returned in the mid-1890s to start a town. Cody has many activities to offer - from white water rafting, horseback riding and rodeo to experiencing the amazing Buffalo Bill Center of the West. This world famous museum is actually five wonderful museums for the price of one.
Get ready to ride what many consider to be two of the top motorcycle rides in North America, Chief Joseph and the Beartooth Pass. There is simply no way to put into words what lies ahead today. We will cruise at a nice easy speed, stopping often to capture awe inspiring photos of the scenery and glimpses of wildlife. When this day is over we will all look at one another with a big grin and wonder out loud if today was all just an amazing dream. We will stay tonight in the classic western town of Red Lodge, Montana with it's small main street and colorful eateries. This is an early day so many of you may choose to re-ride Beartooth Pass on your own and cut loose on those wonderful curves all over again.
Today we will encounter evergreen forests, mountain meadows, rugged alpine peaks, dramatic canyons, arid desert lands, and cascading waterfalls - all within a day's journey. The Bighorn Scenic Byway through the national forest is 45 miles of scenic mountain driving which will lead us the rolling grasslands of the prairie and our home the night in Sheridan.
Today we will be crossing from Wyoming and heading toward the famous Sturgis, South Dakota home to the largest motorcycle rally in the United States. On any given year there can be as many as 500,000 bikes at this one of a kind venue. One of our stops today is the Devils Tower, which some will recognize from the film Close Encounter of the Third Kind. Devils Tower is probably one of the most famous and recognizable natural icons in the world. There are some very nice stops along the way and the ride itself is full of nice long sweeping curves and enumerable pronghorn antelope grazing in the pastures along the side of the road. The small historic mining town of Deadwood will be our home for the next three nights and two days of unforgettable riding.
The Black Hills area is the home of the world famous Sturgis Bike Rally and there is a reason they chose this area to celebrate the biking culture. From Mt. Rushmore to the quaint towns of Deadwood and Hill City, the riding is phenomenal no matter where we go and since we're not traveling during the early August rally, the roads will be less crowded. There are a multitude of day ride opportunities to choose from. We have two full days to head out as a group for half the day to explore together. Then in the afternoons, you will have the opportunity to take some trips on your own and choose from at least a dozen great loops of scenery to travel at your own pace. You can also head back to the hotel early and just kick it by the pool or do some shopping.
Relax today at your camp ground/cabin/house and don't ride anywhere if you don't feel so inclined…..or get back in the saddle and go downtown and join in the fun. See what Sturgis is all about!
We start the day riding through the Black Hills National Forest. The name “Black Hills” comes from the Lakota words Paha Sapa, which mean “hills that are black.” Soak in the warm sun and the mystique of the "Paha Sapa", a place so rich in Native American and U.S. history that you almost feel like you are stepping back in time. We will head south through small towns and onto the rolling plains and grasslands where herds of Bison once roamed in the millions. Cheyenne is home to the wild west where they celebrate cowboys, pioneers and the frontier spirit that founded this great nation.
The final riding leg of our journey is not a long one, but definitely one to remember. We'll take one last ride through the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains before easing our way back into the city life that has seemed a million miles away for the past 13 days. Tonight we will celebrate our adventure at one of Denvers famous brew pubs where we will enjoy one anothers company one last time at our farewell dinner and raise our glasses to incredible journeys, lifelong memories, and, most important, the kind of friendships that can only be forged on the road.
Today your trip will end with your departure flight back home.